I purchased the Class Picnic Blouse and Shorts pattern from Oliver+S when it was first released (in 2011).
I have since then made an average of 3 Picnic Class blouses from my girl (and a few additional ones as gifts), since then.
Recentely, I took advantdge of a sale and purchased the larger size pattern. However, I kept sewing only the blouse.
I had no interest in sewing the shorts and in fact, I knew that from the start.
I purchased the pattern (twice!) because of the blouse and I didn’t take a second look at the shorts.
Yet, this summer, I needed to add more shorts to my girl’s wardrobe and I started looking around. I was looking for a pattern comfy enough to wear in our (very) hot humid summer weather, age-appropriate and stylish enough to wear in different occasions.
After sewing a few favorites (here and here), which I love, I found myself with the Class Picnic Pattern in my hands (I have the paper version) and (finally) decided to give it a try! Seriously, I so wish I had done it before!!
In my defense, I was raised in the (glorious) 80’s, and this style did ring a few bells (I’m so sure I wore a similar style when I was growing…). Not a fashion style one wishes to revisit, right?
Yet, I have to admit: These shorts are cute! (you may have already spot it here before. I’vet been postponing this post for weeks!).
I don’t have much to add on Oliver+S instructions: flawless and really easy to follow but I was rather impressed with the clever design. The larger outside facing prevents them from looking like the ones I dreaded so much and if choose your fabric combo well there’s really nothing to fear 🙂
I used a small piece of twill from my stash (a remnant from these Puppet Show shorts) and paired them with an Ice-cream blouse (also from Oliver+S). For the blouse, I used a soft dots print from Heather Ross earlier collections (Lightning Bugs and Other Mysteries). It was one of my first fabric purchases and I finally got the courage to cut it (don’t judge me, I’m sure I’m not alone collecting fabric …).
Because I only had 1 yard left, I had to get creative and cut the yoke on the bias.
I think it adds interest, right?
I’m a bit partial on the Ice-cream blouse – I loved it the minute I saw it and a few years later I still thing it’s a great pattern!
The fact that it has a loose fit makes it perfect for summer weather.
This pattern also includes a dress version (a color blocking version is stunning), but I find the blouse version more adjusted to her summer wardrobe. It’s so easy to pair with most of the bottoms already in her closet.
I only have 1 1/2 weeks before my annual sewing hiatus (i.e. summer holidays break without sewing machine) and still so much sewing to do. Wish me luck!
I’ll be back soon.